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The Monitor Movie Guide

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SEPTEMBER 1, 1995

Movies containing violence (V), sexual situations (S), nudity (N), and profanity (P) are noted. Ratings and comments by the panel (blue stars) reflect the views of at least three Monitor staffers. Look for more guidance in our full reviews on the Arts pages.

EVALUATION SYMBOLS

David Sterritt Staff Panel Meaning

O\ O\ Forget it

u u Only if it's free

uu uu Maybe a matinee

uuu uuu Wait in line

uuuu uuuu See it twice

New Releases

JUPITER'S WIFE (Not Rated)

uu Michel Negroponte directed this highly personal documentary about a homeless woman he met in a New York park. The film has much to reveal about American society's attitudes toward people who march to their own drummers for reasons that may seem eccentric or obscure to others. The narration is simplistic at times, though, and the movie raises more questions about social issues than it's prepared to explore. P

MAGIC IN THE WATER (PG)

uu Orky is a sea monster who loves chocolate cookies, and while most folks in town don't believe he exists, he helps two kids develop a closer relationship with their workaholic dad during an unexpectedly adventure-filled vacation. Rick Stevenson directed this mildly entertaining fantasy. P

Currently in Release

u THE AMAZING PANDA ADVENTURE

A 10-year-old American boy, a product of divorce and shopping malls, visits his father in China and finds him too distracted to give him any attention. Despite beautiful scenery and sets, the adventure of finding a wounded panda and cub, and fighting off the poachers, is predictable and marred by bad dialogue. By Carol Hartman

u Disappointing, stilted; wooden acting.

APOLLO 13 (PG)

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